Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 822–831 | Cite as

Validity of the Multidimensional Task Ability Profile

  • Joe L. Verna
  • Leonard N. Matheson
  • Sharon Scherer
  • John M. MayerEmail author


Background The Multidimensional Task Ability Profile (MTAP) is a patient-reported outcome (PRO) measure that provides a global score linked to the physical demand characteristics of work, but needs to be validated against established measures. Purpose To assess the concurrent validity of the MTAP compared with the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), Neck Disability Index (NDI), Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH), Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS), and Short Form 12 Health-Related Quality of Life (SF-12) questionnaires. Methods An observational study was conducted in 157 patients undergoing musculoskeletal rehabilitation. At baseline and after 30 days of treatment, patients completed the MTAP, ODI, NDI, DASH, LEFS, and SF-12 and provided self-reported work status. Results At baseline and after 30 days, convergent validity between the MTAP and DASH, LEFS, NDI, and ODI was good to excellent. Concurrent validity between the MTAP and SF-12 physical component score (PCS) and mental component score (MCS) was moderate or fair, respectively. Sensitivity to change over the 30-day treatment interval was established for the MTAP, SF-12 PCS, SF-12 MCS, and LEFS. Fair to moderate predictive validity for work status was found for the MTAP, ODI, NDI, DASH, and SF-12 PCS. Conclusions The MTAP demonstrated adequate concurrent validity, predictive validity, and sensitivity to change compared to other PROs. For patients with various impairment types, the MTAP may be a useful omnibus measure to supplement specialty instruments such as the DASH, NDI, ODI, or LEFS.


Patient reported outcome measures Physical function Musculoskeletal rehabilitation 



The authors thank the staff of Spine & Sport Inc. for assistance with coordination and data collection for this study. The authors also thank Dr. Bryan Kemp for assistance with the Older Adult Health Questionnaire and for serving as chair of the Foundation’s Institutional Review Board.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflicts of interest

This study was funded by the Vert Mooney Research Foundation, a 501c(3) charitable organization that developed and currently owns the Multidimensional Task Ability Profile. Leonard Matheson, John Mayer, and Joe Verna are board members of the Vert Mooney Research Foundation. Leonard Matheson and Joe Verna own the intellectual property for the MTAP and benefit financially from MTAP sales and subscriptions. John Mayer received financial compensation for contributing to this project.

Ethical Approval

All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 [41].

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all patients for being included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joe L. Verna
    • 1
    • 2
  • Leonard N. Matheson
    • 1
    • 3
  • Sharon Scherer
    • 2
  • John M. Mayer
    • 1
    • 4
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Vert Mooney Research FoundationSan DiegoUSA
  2. 2.Spine & Sport, IncSan DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Epic Neurorehabilitation & Psychological Services, IncChicoUSA
  4. 4.Excellcior, LLCTampaUSA
  5. 5.Vert Mooney Research FoundationSan DiegoUSA

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